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Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. What is the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) network?
    A. The following link provides an overview of the CESU network.

    Q. What are the benefits of participating in the CESU network.
    A. The following are some of the benefits of participating in the CESU Network:

    • a broadened scope of scientific services for Federal agencies
    • increased technical assistance to resource managers
    • additional scientific resources and opportunities for universities
    • increased diversity of research scientists and institutions
    • reduced overhead rate (17.5 percent) charged by CESU member universities

    Q. What is the process for ERDC to initiate Civil Works projects through the CESU network?
    A. The process is described under the “policy and procedures” button on the front page of this website.

    Q. What is the process for non-ERDC Corps offices to initiate Civil Works projects through the CESU network?
    A. Procedures have not yet been put in place to provide the capability for non-ERDC offices to directly fund projects through CESU's because of authority issues. To date the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has joined 16 CESU’s on behalf of the Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program under the authority of Title 10 U.S.C. 2358. We recommend that Corps District offices review this to determine if their organization can directly fund projects through CESU's for which the Corps Civil Works Program is a member.

    Q. Can non-ERDC Corps offices fund CESU projects by transferring funds through ERDC?
    A. ERDC will consider requests to handle funding for district CESU projects on a case by case basis. Priority will be given to CESU projects that are related to ongoing ERDC Research and Development Programs. For additional information please contact Mr. Glenn Rhett at Glenn.G.Rhett@usace.army.mil

    Q. Are there plans for ERDC to join additional CESU’s on behalf of the Corps Civil Works program?
    A. Yes. ERDC plans to join additional CESU’s as future program needs and partnership opportunities are identified. If you have an interest in the Corps participating in additional CESU’s, please contact Mr. Glenn Rhett for more information.

 
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